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Year: 2009 Week: 36 Number: 117
An independent internal news bulletin
for the members of the Wikimedia community
=== Technical news ===
[Software updates] - Brion is in the process of updating the Wikimedia
sites with several weeks of new updates.
[Mobile survey] - the Wikipedia Mobile team is running a survey,
hoping to get feedback on their progress so far and suggestions for
[Sever donations] - do you know of a non-profit that needs servers?
The Wikimedia Foundation is donating 35 servers (over 3 years old)
that aren't fast enough to run our sites anymore, but would probably
work fine for smaller projects.
[TIFF support] - the tech team is adding full TIFF support in the near
future. This support will help MediaWiki render TIFF images (an image
format widely used by museums and in scientific research) so that
users can view them in their browsers.
=== Foundation ===
[Board Minutes] - the minutes for the April and June Board meetings
have now been published. You can view them on foundationwiki.
[Wikimedia IRC meeting] - the new three new Board members held an
introductory meeting on IRC where they introduced themselves and
answered questions. A full log is available on Meta and minutes are
[Report to the Board] - Sue Gardner, the Executive Director, published
her Report to the Board for the month of June.
[Foundation-l LSS] - The latest summary for foundation-l has been
posted on Meta-Wiki, thanks to Phoebe. In addition, you can now also
follow updates to the LLS on identi.ca, either from the site there or
[Orange Poland] - the Orange partnership has expanded into Poland.
Unfortunately, though, there were a few issues with local press during
the launch (see the foundation-l post).
[Usability Beta Status] - Naoko Komura, Program Manager for the
Usability Initiative, gave an update on the status of the usability
updates (the "Try Beta" link). She also included statistics on how
often they were enabled/kept enabled.
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2009/09/14/usability-beta-status/ -- blog post
[Omidyar Grant] - the Wikipedia Signpost has an article further
explaining the nature of the Omidyar Grant of US$2 million to the
[Job openings] - the Wikimedia Foundation has three job openings, as
of press time, including a software developer, project manager, and
[Transcom] - the translation committee has released another newsletter
summarizing open requests.
=== Legal ===
[WMIT being sued] - Wikimedia Italia, the Italian chapter, has been
sued for ?20,000,000 over a possibly defamatory article. WMIT is in
no way connected to the article or edits in question, but they still
have to pay the legal fees and fight a court battle due to the Italian
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Gianfranco/Wikimedia_Italia_sued_for_20,000,000_%E2%82%AC -- unofficial summary
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Bar/Discussioni/Sabato_19,_a_Roma,_abbiamo_bisogno_di_te -- community notification
=== Community ===
[University course about WP] - a university course solely devoted to
Wikipedia has recently been started in Sweden.
[Translatewiki.net update] - Gerard and Niko both published blog posts
giving updates on Translatewiki, the site for translations of the
[Office Move] - the Wikimedia Foundation officially announced its
upcoming office move (to be completed in mid-to-late October). It has
also publicized the address, something the Foundation has shied away
from in the past.
[Improving Foundation-l] - Foundation-l, the mailing list intended to
discuss Foundation issues, has started a request for comment. Do you
know ways the mailing list could be improved or replaced?
[Restoration Discovery] - Durova, one of the people on Commons who
works on restoring images, received a pleasant surprise. While
restoring a photo, she discovered that there was actually human
remains in picture. This discovery has been noted in the Montreal
Museum of Fine Arts and the Library of Congress even credited her in
its bibliographic record.
[WMBD Meeting] - Wikimedia Bangladesh (a planned local chapter) had a
meeting on September 10
=== Media ===
[Biggest blunders] - CNN has assembled a list of "Wikipedia's Biggest
[Wikipedia grows up] - the UK Telegraph wrote an article saying that
Wikipedia and the Internet are growing up.
[Strategic Planning] - the New York Times covered the new Strategic
Planning Initiative and the other consultants that are helping
professionalize the Foundation.
[Editing For Beginners] - the Australian Lifehacker wrote an article
trying to teach beginners how to contribute to Wikipedia.
[Wikipedia reacts to outburst] - a reporter for the New York Times
wrote a blog post describing the Wikipedia community's response to a
US Representative shouting at the president during his speech.
=== Stats ===
[Commons reaches 5 mil] - just in time for its 5th birthday, the
Wikimedia Commons has reached 5 million files. See the blog post and
chapter press releases for more information.
[Wikistats Portal 2.0] - Erik Zachte, maintainer of Infodisiac (a set
of Wikimedia statistics), wrote about a recent overhaul of the
[Wikipedia?s Growth Animated] - all the Wikipedias grow at different
rates and have started at different times. How can we compare them
other than just by the numbers? Erik Z has updated an animation that
shows this growth visually.
[vi.wp] - the Vietnamese Wikipedia has reached 100,000 articles.
[th.wp] - the Thai Wikipedia has reached 50,000 articles.
[cs.ws] - the Czech Wikisource has reached 10,000 pages.
[bo.wp] - the Tibetan Wikipedia has reached 1,000 articles.
=== Other news ===
[Semantic Web Problem] - TechCrunch wrote a humorous article centering
the unfortunate results when robots try to get meaning from Wikipedia
=== Did you know ... ===
...the first public cell phone call was made on April 3, 1973 by
=== Quote ===
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to
work hard at work worth doing." -- Theodore Roosevelt
Editor(s): Casey, Alex
Thanks to: Ainali, Mike, WikimediaMobile, infodisiac (Erik Z),
Hampton, Mathias, Sj, Gerard, Durova, Austin, Sue, Marcin, Rand,
Frieda, Tanvir, David, Phoebe, Naoko, Brion, Kat, Signpost, Mxn, Daniel
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